Spiritual Warfare: (Intercessory Prayer)

Posted: September 23, 2015 in Foundation on Spiritual Warfare, Hearing God's Voice & The Prophetic

Spiritual Warfare would be incomplete without Advancing the Kingdom of God and without Intercessory prayer. We can say that these two are the things that summed up Spiritual Warfare as a whole. When we Advance the Kingdom of God, having Intercession in that city or region is absolutely necessary if we are ever to Advance the Kingdom of God, it is not only for prayer warriors, an Intercessory prayer is what everyone can do and can get involve in.

Some definitions of Intercessions?

– Praying and Mediating on behalf of another,
– Carrying someone else’s burden, Intercessions lead us out of ourselves,
– Pleading for a specific people group or nation,
– Intercessory prayer is a prayer directed, energised, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to pray for others, a region, land or nation.
– Identification with the one you are praying for, feeling the pain whatever they are going through and asked God for Mercy.

To lead an Intercession is a tough job, you need to have lots of strength especially to be an intercession leader, by the grace of God I have had as one of my responsibility of being an Intercession leader in one of the batch in Discipleship Training School, Ywam Siliguri some years ago in 2009, it took a whole lot strength, but we cannot neglect intercession, especially if we are Advancing the Kingdom of God, because the demonic strongholds need to be bind by Intercessory prayers time after time.

Intercessions can be done alone or in group, and is powerful, it is fighting against the forces of darkness, and praying to God on behalf of others, land or nation.

Prayer Warriors1

How to do Intercession?

1. Ask the Lord, what country, nation, people group or area He want you to pray,
2. Ask the Lord what prayer points He want you to pray,
3. You can write down those prayer points you felt the Lord is giving you,
4. Pray those prayer points as you felt led by the Holy Spirit,

Abraham Interceded for Sodom: (Genesis 18:22-33)

Abraham stand before the Lord, approach God, and stand on behalf of Sodom, saying, “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked if there are 50 righteous people in the city?………..”

The Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.”

Then Abraham continue to plead the Lord, “Suppose there are 45 righteous, will You destroy the whole city because of five?”

The Lord replied, “If I find 45 there, I will not destroy”.

Abraham continue to plead the Lord, “For the sake of 40”, “For the sake of 30”, “For the sake of 20”, “For the sake of 10”. The Lord replied Abraham the same way, “For the sake of 10, I will not destroy”.

And this is Intercession, Abraham stands before the Lord, pleading the Lord on behalf of Sodom, and the Lord even said, “I will not destroy even for the sake of 10 righteous people”. We can also do Spiritual Warfare in Intercession by binding the strongman in the region, and proclaiming the Lordship of Christ that “Jesus Christ is Lord”. You can do at home, church, or by prayer walk, with prophetic actions, you can go to the mountain in nearby city and have intercession for your city. You can also pray for the region, city or nation the Lord sent you, for the Kingdom of God to come on earth.

Important things to know in Intercessory Prayer:

If you pray for China, don’t let your prayers go here and there in Russia or India while you pray for China, it might be 15 minutes, 1 hour or even a day of Intercession, you need to stand on behalf of China for that period of time, just as Abraham Interceded for the city of Sodom, at that moment Abraham did not pray for the land of Canaan or other towns and cities, but for Sodom. Intercessory prayers are important even in Advancing the Kingdom of God.

Some experiences:

Even though we also used to have a regular Intercessions in our outreaches while we were in Ywam, and also have seen countless of people who gave their life to Christ. I find one of our intercession interesting in 2008, I was leading an outreach in the Himalayan region of India, in Sikkim. It was a hilly area, one day our team were climbing up a hill for about an hour to preach the Gospel to the people living in that top of the hill, as we were climbing up we also have an intercession on the way, even though it was not formal, it was an informal intercession for that village and out of our heart and passion, we were throwing Holy Spirit bomb as we climb up. As we reached the village, I remember the first family where we preached willingly gave their life to Christ at once.

Sometimes we may not see the results at once, but God will always work in one way or another as we intercede, and Intercessory prayers are powerful.

There is also another powerful testimony on Intercession that one of our leader in YWAM shared to us, they were having Intercession in Shillong, India, and there was also a magician who came to Shillong at that moment to show his magic, as this Ywam teams were having intercession there, the magician could not work anything, so he need to leave the place, that is the power of Intercession. Therefore Intercessions are important.

– David Chawngthu

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